It happens every year. People set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, are excited to commit to this goal for the first few weeks or maybe months, and then they completely fall off the wagon. While lack of dedication can be part of the problem, setting weight loss goals that are unrealistic could be an even bigger contributing factor. When you set unrealistic goals, you’re setting yourself up for failure. This year, make sure you set realistic weight loss goals so that you can stick with your resolution and lose the weight you want.
1. Set your milestones. Before you start your weight loss regimen, set realistic milestones. It’s easy to get excited about losing weight at the beginning of the New Year, when your motivation is at its height. But with so much excitement surrounding your goal, you can end up setting unrealistic expectations for yourself, even when you don’t intend to. This can lead to feelings of discouragement and giving up prematurely.
Remember that there is no “get fit fast” solution. You didn’t gain all of the weight overnight, and you won’t lose it all overnight either. Give yourself a chance and work with your nutritionist, bariatric surgeon and support group to help you achieve your weight loss goals at a reasonable pace.
2. Create specific mini goals. Rather than putting the pressure on yourself to lose a certain number of pounds a week, focus your sights on creating healthy changes every day. Fill half of your plate up with vegetables, walk for 30 minutes a day, drink 9 glasses of water a day, get 8 hours of sleep. Once you focus on sticking to these healthy changes, the weight loss results will follow.
3. Consider your current lifestyle. Once you have your specific mini goals in mind, you also have to think about how they will realistically fit into your lifestyle. This may take some adjusting. For example, if your office goes out for lunch each day, you may have a hard time choosing balanced meals. When there are obstacles like this in the way, you need to plan for them so that they don’t hinder your weight loss progress. Instead of going out every day, bring your lunch most days and go out with the office on Fridays. If you do a lot of sitting at work, or you don’t have 30 minutes each day to go for a walk, you can introduce more physical activity into everyday tasks by standing or walking more. Once you identify these lifestyle obstacles, you can build a solution around them.
Setting goals and creating a solid plan to achieve them is the first step to success. Once the New Year rolls around, you’ll be ready to put your plan into action and dedicate yourself to achieving your ideal weight.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, contact Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center for a consultation to see how weight loss surgery could help you achieve your health and weight loss goals. If you’ve already undergone bariatric surgery and need help setting measurable weight loss goals for the New Year, our team is happy to help.